Three years on from a project to transform the courtyard space at Delamere Cancer Centre in Cheshire, staff from Redrow Homes have returned to install a plaque and see how the area has flourished.
In 2013 a group of university students on work placements with housebuilder Redrow undertook a volunteer community project to breathe new life into the garden area at the centre, based in Halton Hospital, Runcorn, in partnership with the Morgan Foundation, a charity funding organisation created by Redrow’s chairman Steve Morgan.
The students undertook the work and sourced materials such as planters and gravel from Redrow’s sub-contractors free of charge.
Almost three years on to the day that the new courtyard opened to patients at the centre, Clare Horton, Redrow’s trainee programmes manager, who oversaw the original makeover, returned to deliver the commemorative plaque and see the fruits of the students’ labour.
Clare said: “It was fantastic to return and see how much of a difference the garden has made to patients using the centre and how it’s matured. It’s not often that we have the opportunity to revisit a project such as this and hear from staff members at the centre about how well-loved and used the courtyard area is. A highlight of my visit was seeing a group of ducklings and their mother, who have made the area their home!”
Bev Collins, Macmillan support and information manager, said: “We’re so grateful that Redrow came up with the initial idea to revamp the garden as it’s really made the difference between it being a tidy space to it being somewhere fantastic for people to enjoy. It’s really well used by both patients and staff and everyone comments on how lovely it is. It’s now a mature garden and we were delighted to welcome Clare back to see its progress.”
For more details on Redrow’s undergraduate work placements and other training schemes visit www.redrowcareers.co.uk
Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, with a £1billion turnover and building more than 4,000 homes in 2014/15 financial year.
Operating across England and Wales, there is a strong emphasis on providing high quality homes in prime locations and its housing ranges feature designs to suit all lifestyles:
• The Heritage Collection combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors.
• The classically styled Regent Collection features Georgian inspired street scenes and architecture.
• Redrow has also launched a new brand of contemporary homes in Abode, which boast open plan layouts with streamlined kitchen, dining and lounge areas, high specification wet rooms and outdoor living space.
Redrow also creates exclusive bespoke developments in both rural and urban locations. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the What House? Awards 2015 and 2014, Best House Design at the Sunday Times British Home Awards 2015 and the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year. Its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence. Web: www.redrow.co.uk